~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday November 14, 2006A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- Warm- then cool- then windy- mostly Dry- Not a good formula for Topsoil Moisture Supplies
-- Even Steven on the State Senate- Mike Schulz helps make it a 50-50 affair for the Republicans.
-- LAGP nears a million Animal Units!
-- Headed to Kansas City later this week to rub shoulders with other farm broadcasters!
-- December 9th is the date for the 2006 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Meeting in OKC
-- Both Incoming Chairmen express the desire for new farm policy- not an extension!
-- Lambert getting more Frequent Flyer Miles as he returns to Korea- again!
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Warm- then cool- then windy- mostly Dry- Not a good formula for Topsoil Moisture Supplies
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest crop weather update shows little rain in the last week- variable temperatures but closer to seasonable norms- conditions that have kept topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies looking grim. Current Topsoil moisture ratings come in at 65% short to very short- which is better than the 77% short to very short of November 2005. Subsoil Moisture ratings are worse than a year ago, though, pegged at 83% short to very short versus 63% short to very short last November.
The 2007 Hard Red Winter Wheat Crop is in fair to good condition- with ratings at 11% excellent, 32% good, 31% fair and 26% poor to very poor. Of course, at this point a year ago- the crop was actually looking pretty good at 50% good to excellent- and we know how the 2006 crop turned out.
Pasture conditions remain horrible- 61% poor to very poor which is about as bad as it gets in the United States for a statewide figure. For all the other details- here is your direct link to the weekly update from our State Stats folks.
Even Steven on the State Senate- Mike Schulz helps make it a 50-50 affair for the Republicans.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Mike Schulz of Altus is not quite a rookie when it comes to the upcoming state legislative session that begins this coming February. You may remember that the farmer and former Oklahoma Farm Bureau Field Agent won the special election back this past spring to fill the seat vacated by the late Senator Robert Kerr. Schulz won- got in about a week and a half of the regular session- then added the Special Session in June to his resume.
We talked with the Republican from the southwestern part of our state at the annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau convention over this past weekend- and talked with him about the thrill of voting for the demise of the State Estate Tax- as well as some of the priorities for him in the upcoming session of the Legislature.
You can hear our full conversation with Mike Schulz by clicking on the link below.
LAGP nears a million Animal Units!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The pace of application forms being returned to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture has picked up significantly over the last few days- according to Jack Carson of the ODAFF. This is the Livestock assistance program that will be handed out to livestock owners who had eligible livestock on their farm or ranch back on the 7th of March.
There is a total of $6.5 million dollars available to be divided among Oklahoma livestock operators that apply and whose applications are accepted. As of yesterday afternoon- there are now a total of 897,518 animal units that have been registered within the program from a total of 7,294 applications. That would keep the average number of animal units per application at right at 123 animal units. If we double the number of animal units in the last four weekdays before the close of the program next Monday at 5 pm- an average size check may be in the neighborhood of $442 That, of course, will all depend on how many applications come in and how many animal units are claimed and accepted.
The Ag Department does urge everyone that is eligible to apply for the program, as State Secretary Terry Peach has reminded us in recent days that the more folks that apply- the better case we can make to the USDA and the Bush Administration that help is needed out across our state- above and beyond this relatively small package of drought help. Peach also reminds everyone that you need to make sure you include your Tax ID number or no check can be written to your operation- and to make sure you get the notary signature needed for the application as well. Go to our home page and right below “Howdy Neighbors” you will see the link to download the form to file. Hurry, deadline is close of business this coming Monday, November 20, 2006!
Headed to Kansas City later this week to rub shoulders with other farm broadcasters!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It’s the annual National Association of Farm Broadcasters meeting that we will be attending Wednesday through Friday- we will have our regular E-mail updates as well as our regular farm news updates that will continue from the event in Kansas City. It will be quite a meeting to cover, as we kick off with Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns midday Wednesday as he appears in person for a media availability. On Thursday, we will have access to newsmakers of all kinds- farm organizations, government and agri-business making their leaders available to us in a special Interview Fair known as Trade Talk.
On Friday morning, our group will hear from both the Administrator of the EPA, Steven Johnson as well as the new Chairman-to-be of the House Ag Committee, Rep. Colin Peterson of Minnesota. We have also been asked to be on a panel of Innovators within our farm broadcast business as we explain to them how we do this daily E-mail. If any of you want to offer me a quick word of testimony about this daily update, drop me an E-mail of your own- I would love to share a few of them with my fellow broadcasters.
December 9th is the date for the 2006 Oklahoma Wheat Growers Meeting in OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The OWGA is planning their annual meeting and have a number of speakers lined up for the event. One they are waiting for a confirmation on is Third District Congressman Frank Lucas, who easily won re- election but will now find himself in the minority after serving all twelve years that the Republicans have been in control.
The President of the Wheat Growers, Jeff Krehbiel of Hydro, tells us he is wrapping up his tenure as President of the group- but promises he will stay active in the days ahead. Jeff will be offering a special look that Saturday of the National Association of Wheat Growers proposal to “improve” current farm policy for U.S. wheat producers. Krehbiel says the Wheat Growers are not looking for wholesale changes- they like the overall structure and the flexibility of the measure- but they are wanting a higher target price and a bigger direct payment so that wheat farmers will receive more of a safety net during years of drought like we have experienced several times in recent years here in the Southern Great Plains.
You can hear our full conversation with Jeff about the preview for this annual meeting by clicking below. Jeff reminds us that the Oklahoma Wheat Commission is a major part of this annual meeting, as you will hear about some of the latest research efforts from OSU funded by wheat checkoff dollars, as well as the latest efforts to market our wheat through both Plains Grains as well as through U.S. Wheat Associates efforts.
Both Incoming Chairmen express the desire for new farm policy- not an extension!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Washington Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom is reporting that in recent conversations with both Congressman Collin Peterson and Senator Tom Harkin- the two new Chairs of the House and Senate Ag Committees once 2007 arrives and the Democrats are in charge- both seem to want to write new farm policy and not just simply extend the current 2002 farm law for year or two.
Congressman Peterson says he thinks the 2007 farm bill "will look very much like the current farm bill" but will have a few fresh wrinkles that will address some of the concerns of various commodity groups. He thinks Congress will put into place a permanent weather related disaster program and a bigger energy title.
Both men are hopeful that the CBO will score current farm policy as a lot cheaper to Uncle Sam than was the case in 2002, with commodity prices currently a lot higher and perhaps with the help of ethanol demand, ready to stay higher for awhile. If that happens, there will be some extra dollars for disaster aid within a new farm law, as well money to pay for conservation and other priorities that have surfaced.
Lambert getting more Frequent Flyer Miles as he returns to Korea- again!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Chuck Lambert, deputy undersecretary at USDA, leads a team of negotiators to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan to discuss beef trade issues this week. The group will arrive in Seoul on Thursday, where Lambert will press the U.S. case that beef with bones should be allowed on the market. Failing that, Lambert will ask Korea for a strict definition of what constitutes a bone chip, as opposed to a bone, as the South Koreans have allowed that small bone chips would not violate the country's boneless-only beef policy.
Asia Pulse reported that South Korea is considering inspecting every beef shipment in its entirety, a process that has been demanded by consumer groups and beef ranchers. The Koreans had planned to inspect only 5 percent of shipments at random, and would have to hire more inspectors and buy more equipment to perform so many inspections, said Lee Yang-ho, director general of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Such universal inspection for safety may give the United States more ammunition in its request to allow bone-in beef into the market, or at least the beef short ribs that made up two-thirds of sales before the market closed in late 2003.
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